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Zama
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2,855 Ratings

ZAMA

Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Argentina, Portugal, 2017
Drama, History, Adventure

Synopsis

Don Diego de Zama is an 18th-century Spanish magistrate eternally languishing in wait for a transfer from the outpost to which he has been relegated. When his last hope of departure comes to naught, Zama joins an expedition to track down Vicuña Porto, a legendary outlaw who may or may not exist.

Synopsis

Don Diego de Zama is an 18th-century Spanish magistrate eternally languishing in wait for a transfer from the outpost to which he has been relegated. When his last hope of departure comes to naught, Zama joins an expedition to track down Vicuña Porto, a legendary outlaw who may or may not exist.

Our take

In an ingenious adaptation of the existentialist novel Zama, Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel inserts her own incisive commentary on colonialism and masculinity. Frenzied first-person narration transforms to become a cinematic fugue state in this singular and stupefying period drama.